State Record Fish

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Missouri has a long, proud tradition of fishing, and its abundant lakes and streams have produced exceptional fish. MDC has developed the State Record Fish Program to acknowledge and honor anglers who have caught the largest recorded fish from a list of recognized species found in Missouri waters.

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  1. To qualify, the applicant’s fish must:
    • be captured by legal methods from Missouri waters,
    • be a species included on the Missouri State Record Fish list.
    • meet or exceed the current record.
  2. New open records must meet or exceed the Master Angler minimum weight for that species to be considered.
  3. Anglers may be recognized in two different categories: “pole and line” or “alternative methods” (this includes trotlines, throwlines, limblines, banklines, jug lines, spearfishing, snagging, snaring, gigging, grabbing, bow, crossbow or atlatl).
  4. Fish must be weighed on a certified scale in the presence of an employee of the Missouri Department of Conservation.
  5. The entry must be examined and identified by a Department of Conservation Fisheries Biologist or Conservation Agent familiar with the genus. If these persons cannot identify the species with certainty, they must seek the assistance of a designated fish identification expert. Call (573) 522-4115 ext. 3501 for assistance in finding and contacting the nearest identification expert.
  6. Genetic testing will be performed by the Missouri Department of Conservation when necessary for positive identification at no cost to the applicant. Potential record fish may be frozen, but should not be mounted or consumed prior to receipt of a letter confirming the record.
  7. A color photo of the fish is required.
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Alternative Method: Throwline: Perch: Yellow

Weight
oz.
12 oz.
Lake or Stream
Lake Lotawana
Date
01/03/2024
Angler
Jeffrey Needles
Hometown
Lake Lotawana, MO

Pole and line: Herring: Skipjack

Weight
lbs.
3 lbs.
oz.
0 oz.
Lake or Stream
Missouri River
Date
12/06/2023
Angler
Anthony Rozniak
Hometown
St. Peters, MO
Note

Tie

Alternative Method: Throwline: Sunfish: Longear

Classifications
Recognized before the requirement to meet or exceed the Master Angler minimum was instituted.
Weight
oz.
5 oz.
Lake or Stream
Frieda Lake
Date
05/08/2023
Angler
John F. Goad
Hometown
Jefferson City, MO
Note

Tie

Pole and line: Flier

Classifications
Open
Weight
oz.
11 oz.
Lake or Stream
Duck Creek Pool #1
Date
03/26/2023
Angler
Tyler Goodale
Hometown
Doniphan, MO

Alternative Method: Bow: Bullhead: Brown

Classifications
Open
Weight
lbs.
4 lbs.
oz.
0 oz.
Lake or Stream
Duck Creek Ditch #105
Date
03/14/2023
Angler
Mitchell Dering
Hometown
Fairdealing, MO

Pole and line: Sucker: Blue

Weight
lbs.
11 lbs.
oz.
5 oz.
Lake or Stream
Osage River
Date
01/15/2023
Angler
Travis Uebinger
Hometown
Auxvasse, MO

Alternative Method: Bow: Sunfish: Redear

Weight
lbs.
2 lbs.
oz.
2 oz.
Lake or Stream
Lake Taneycomo
Date
06/04/2022
Angler
Andrew Hunt
Hometown
Hollister, MO

Alternative Method: Trotline: Walleye

Classifications
Recognized before the requirement to meet or exceed the Master Angler minimum was instituted.
Weight
lbs.
7 lbs.
oz.
8 oz.
Lake or Stream
Sac River
Date
05/16/2022
Angler
Tim Stillings
Hometown
Morrisville, MO

Alternative Method: Snagging: Paddlefish

Weight
lbs.
140 lbs.
oz.
10 oz.
Lake or Stream
Lake of the Ozarks
Date
03/18/2022
Angler
Jim Dain
Hometown
Pittsfield, IL

Alternative Method: Bow: Quillback

Weight
lbs.
8 lbs.
oz.
5 oz.
Lake or Stream
Table Rock Lake
Date
03/15/2022
Angler
Josh Lawmaster
Hometown
LaRussell, MO